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Real Salt Lake picks up midfielder Kelyn Rowe from Sporting KC for international roster slot, cash

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Posted - Aug 7th, 2019 @ 8:08pm



SANDY — Real Salt Lake didn’t stand pat at the close of the secondary transfer window.

The Sandy-based soccer club announced Wednesday it has acquired midfielder Kelyn Rowe, sending an international roster slot in 2019 and $75,000 targeted allocation money to the Sunflower State.

In addition, RSL will only be responsible for $100,000 of Rowe’s budget charge in 2019, leaving the remaining $171,856 to Sporting Kansas City.

Rowe, 27, was the No. 3 overall pick by the New England Revolution in the 2012 SuperDraft, playing seven seasons in the Boston area before a trade to Kansas City at the start of the 2019 season. The U.S. international and native of Federal Way, Washington, has totaled 29 goals and 42 assists in 220 regular-season matches in his MLS career — but is scoreless in 14 matches, including seven starts, since the move to Kansas City (he does have two assists, to his credit).

Prior to moving to Sporting, Rowe was the subject of several transfer reports, including a move to the Israeli Premier League that never fully materialized.

Now the 2011 Pac 12 Player of the Year at UCLA will find a new start in Salt Lake City.

“I’m excited for a new opportunity with Real Salt Lake,” Rowe said in a statement from the club. “They have an exciting group of players that have come together well this year and I’m looking forward to what I can contribute.”

Sporting has been after another roster spot for some time as it looks to acquire Portuguese left back Luis Martins. Martins joined the squad last week on a multi-year deal, according to the Kansas City Star, but the deal hasn’t been official because of the lack of space on the roster.

An attacking midfielder by nature, the 5-foot-8 Rowe will provide RSL with depth for Albert Rusnak; and he can also pair well with Damir Kreilach, Kyle Beckerman and Everton Luiz in the club’s midfield.

“Kelyn adds experience and depth to our midfield and can play in several positions,” RSL general manager Craig Waibel said. “He is someone we have sought to acquire for some time and will certainly be a player that can press for time on the field. He is very experienced in our league and will be a great addition in the locker room.”

In a unique coincidence, Real Salt Lake travels to play Saturday at Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MDT on KMYU and KSL.com.

Sean Walker

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